This is a most important tip. It is more than a tip; it is a rule. You’ll see what I mean as you read this article.
Either way, you cannot afford to make assumptions!
One of the problems with prepared foods, is the variation in ingredients. Just because one brand of potato chips (or even one flavor of potato chips) doesn’t have gluten, doesn’t mean to say you’re safe with all potato chips by the same brand. I discovers that the hard way!
Another thing to watch for: some brands might change their formula occasionally. You don’t have to read ingredients each and every time you buy a product, but do spot-check every so often, especially if you notice any change in packaging design, or taste/consistency/appearance of the food product.
I provided an example of potato chips just now. You wouldn’t think there might be gluten in potato chips, would you? But there can be, and that brings up an important point. Maybe you can’t imagine some food containing wheat or gluten, but the manufacturer may have decided to include wheat or some derivative for reasons known only to themselves.
What is your experience with shopping gluten-free and reading ingredients? Please leave a comment.